Part 1 Symptoms
An Overview of ADHD in Adults
I have written many posts on ADHD, in this one I concentrate on Adult Attention Deficit Disorder. More specifically the symptoms.
Personally I was not diagnosed until I was in my twenties, although as a child I had all the symptoms and then some. I previously state in the 1960’s ADHD although recognized, was in it’s infancy in terms of diagnosing and treating. Therefore, although at age 8, I fell asleep banging my head on the wall, nobody saw a problem with that.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is characterized by symptoms that include the inability to keep one’s attention focused on a task, trouble organizing tasks, avoiding things that take effort, and follow-through.
ADHD may also include problems with hyperactivity (fidgeting, excessive talking, restlessness) and impulsivity (difficulty waiting one’s turn or with patience, interrupting others).
It is typically treated with stimulant medications, such as Ritalin, and psychotherapy.
Have you ever had trouble concentrating, found it hard to sit still, interrupted others during a conversation, or acted impulsively without thinking things through?
Can you recall times when you daydreamed or had difficulty focusing on the task at hand?
Most of us can picture acting this way from time to time. But for some people, these and other exasperating behaviors are uncontrollable, persistently plaguing their day-to-day existence.
These behaviors will interfere with a person’s ability to form lasting friendships or succeed in school, at home, or with their career.
Symptoms of ADHD
Unlike a broken bone or cancer, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD, also sometimes referred to as just plain attention deficit disorder or ADD) does not show physical signs that can be detected by a blood or other lab test*. The typical ADHD symptoms often overlap with those of other physical and psychological disorders.
ADD is characterized by a pattern of inattentive behavior, often combined with impulsivity and in some, hyperactivity. In adults, this pattern of behavior makes it difficult to focus on details, sustain attention, listen to others, and follow through on instructions or duties.
Organizing an activity or task can be next to impossible, and the person is readily distracted by things going on around them. They may seem forgetful, misplacing or losing things needed in order to just get through their day, or to complete a task needing to be done.
ADHD usually appears first in childhood, but can also be diagnosed in adults (as long as some symptoms were present in the individual’s childhood, but simply never diagnosed).
The next post I will address Treatment Options